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Old 01-26-2014, 02:14 PM
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Default Do you think fishing is a sport?

Or is it a method to procure food for the self-reliant? Both? My opinion would be to measure how much energy it takes to get to the spot and catch them! But for this post, the trip I'm about to describe was mostly for sport.

It was bitterly cold last August for the first day we spent panfishing in Northern Wisconsin, heavy jackets and gloves all day for the wifey. I mostly was annoyed with bits of warm sunshine, having taken off the jacket in response, only to put it back on a few minutes later when mostly cloudy conditions quickly covered the sunshine.

So I have a few pointers on how I find and catch big bluegills.

In the case of the lake we were fishing this day, the fact the parking lot would hold only two vehicles with trailers was a glaring clue as to the fishing pressure. The steep gravel grade of the launch road no doubt limited some vehicles. With the parking lot positioned up top the hill, prohibited others physically. Stands to reason in most cases, a lot of fishing pressure means less fish to catch.

Then it is important to note this particular lake had an 18" size limit on bass. These bass will feed heavily on smaller fish, leaving more food available for the larger panfish, to grow even larger! Fish do breed even faster than rabbits and can quickly over populate a lake.

Finally to the fishing. My favorite techique for locating fish is to drift with the wind, a light breeze being best. More windy conditions forces the use of a windsock, as a very slow controlled drift is a must. On stiff windy days, you are better off to go fish in the river surrounded by trees! The 10 foot depth, up in northern Wisconsin, is normally associated with sparser fishable weed cover, and is always my first target. Slips bobbers are used with various lengths of lead, small jigs tipped with live bait, and closely watched dead sticks - baits fished straight over the side of the boat - lest a big fish bites and pulls the fishing rod in!.

Once the fish are located, catching two fish in one area is a good indication of a school, over the side go the anchors. Having an anchor off both the front and back of the boat (not in the river though) will fix the boat in place. If it is not too windy, positioning the boat with the side to the wind is best. This allows the entire other side of the boat as fishable down wind. If you get lucky, the school will stick around for awhile! If the catching slows, repeat the drift.

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Old 01-26-2014, 02:27 PM
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Excellent article.

Living on the coast and in an area of many fish tanks,I think you could fill in a diet.
But in all my years as a fisherman(woman)it can be iffie at best.

I fished out of a pond off grid---and one day they'd bite worms next day plastic bait.
And days I'd go home empty handed.

If there is a hunter and a fisherman(woman) in the group--both could be working on those chores--someone has to get lucky.

Thanks for the info---
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My favorite technique is to go out when the barometer is rising!

I use either liver or something dipped in tuna oil or live bait on a small hook. For me, the preferred tackle is just an ultra light, small hooks, and a line.

I drop the baited hook into a shady spot, and if there is a school there I will generally get a nibble or better.

Lastly, polorized sunglasses make it so that you can see deeper into the water, and then you can often see the top few fish in a school.

The closest fishing spots are 5 miles from where I live, and yes the gas is worth more than the fish is worth, but if I were not fishing I would be spending money on some OTHER form of recreation, so it is 6 of one and half a dozen of the other!
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It sure is a sport, that's why they call it fishing and not catching.
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It sure is a sport, that's why they call it fishing and not catching.
Thats a good one!!!!

I found that salt water bait works in fresh water but not visa versa.

A quick scaling trick: A large table spoon----with a strong handle that wont bend.
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It sure is a sport, that's why they call it fishing and not catching.
Well, I want to build some ponds and raise fish for my table. I will still call it fishing when I catch them!
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